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Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 11 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky is one step closer to making a profound and positive difference for kids’ health with the House’s passage of House Bill 11, championed by Representative Kim Moser. Currently, only 42 percent of Kentucky public school districts have adopted tobacco-free policies. And all of our students deserve to learn and grow in a healthy school environment. The peak [...]

By |2019-03-12T16:08:05-04:00March 12th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 158 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates House Bill 158, which received unanimous support by the Kentucky Senate and was concurred by the Kentucky House today, is the commonwealth’s first step to ensuring state law is aligned with the comprehensive federal Family First Prevention Services Act. Kids thrive when they are safe and have the support of a stable family and strong community. And off [...]

By |2019-03-06T17:47:58-04:00March 6th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 2 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates House Bill 2 is an important affirmation of the thousands of grandparents and other relatives stepping up to care for children who cannot remain safely with their parents. Children who’ve experienced abuse or neglect do better when they are placed with relatives as they experience less trauma when separated from parents, less disruption to their education, and fewer [...]

By |2019-03-06T10:40:58-04:00March 6th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 218 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The passage of Senate Bill 218 is a moment that deserves recognition for elevating a growing issue impacting too many Kentucky kids and to push our elected leaders to seize common-sense opportunities that invite their action to protect our young people. Certainly, the good news is that Senator Brandon Smith’s leadership has animated the conversation around preventing youth [...]

By |2019-03-05T16:47:55-04:00March 5th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 1 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates With today’s sound of the gavel in the Kentucky House on Senate Bill 1, legislators across the aisle and chambers confirmed their commitment to increasing students’ safety in the commonwealth. With the leadership of Senator Max Wise and Representative John Carney, SB 1 takes a multi-faceted approach to ensure every Kentucky student is safe and supported in their [...]

By |2019-02-27T17:49:39-04:00February 27th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 2 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates By all accounts, a real asset in Kentucky are the thousands of kinship caregivers who are stepping up for children who cannot remain safely with their parents. We know that children who’ve experienced abuse or neglect do better when they are placed with relatives as they experience less trauma when separated from parents, less disruption to their education, [...]

By |2019-02-27T12:08:15-04:00February 27th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 158 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Our state leaders understand that kids thrive when they are safe and have the support of a family. And they continue to demonstrate that commitment by overwhelmingly supporting House Bill 158, championed by Representative David Meade, which passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee today. HB 158 is Kentucky’s first step to ensuring state law is aligned with [...]

By |2019-02-27T11:12:24-04:00February 27th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks – SB 249: Failed Opportunities

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The Senate Agriculture Committee had a chance to stand up for Kentucky young people today. Five of its members did as they voted in favor of Senate Bill 249. Kentucky Youth Advocates and Kentucky's young people commend Committee Chair Paul Hornback, bill sponsor Senator Stephen Meredith, and Senators Givens, Thayer, and Westerfield. Those five courageous legislative leaders knew [...]

By |2019-02-25T14:31:59-04:00February 25th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 20 Passing Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The youth justice system is often described as a maze with too many ways to get lost and too few ways to escape once youth are in. Kentucky has made strides in improving its youth justice system in recent years, but there are some practices still in use that we now know do not achieve the best outcomes [...]

By |2019-02-25T13:39:45-04:00February 25th, 2019|News Room, Youth Justice|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 2 Passing House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the House Health and Family Services Committee expressed their commitment to supporting children in the care of relative and fictive kin caregivers in Kentucky. We applaud Representative Chris Fugate for championing House Bill 2 to establish the development of supportive services, including, but not limited to, monetary supports, for kinship and fictive kin caregivers who step up [...]

By |2019-02-21T13:40:33-04:00February 21st, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|